Newcastle United are keen to make a deal for shot-stopper Joe Hart and discreet enquiries have been made, according to reports.
The Mirror claim that Rafa Benitez wanted the England number one in the summer, but was beaten to the chase by West Ham, and say that it would represent a ‘surprise’ move.
However, the 30-year-old has fallen out of favour at the London Stadium, as Spanish giant Adrian has reclaimed his place between the sticks.
Any deal would require Hart, his parent club Manchester City and current club West Ham to be happy, and ‘discrete enquiries’ have been made by Newcastle according to the Mirror.
The deal could suit Hart, who needs regular first-team football if he is to have any chance of representing England at the World Cup later this year.
The deal could also suit West Ham, as the England keeper’s wages are reported to be £120,000 per week – over £6million a year. That is a lot of money to pay for a player who has been benched.
Although Newcastle are right in the middle of a takeover, it is likely that Benitez will have some sort of funding to ensure that the club does not face relegation.
Football Insider verdict
Joe Hart has been England’s number one for a number of years now, and although he has made his mistakes (flashbacks to the Euros) he is a solid keeper. West Ham have a more than capable replacement should Hart leave, in Adrian, and Newcastle would be boosted by his arrival. The deal makes sense for the two clubs directly involved, however it all comes down to Manchester City, Hart’s parent club. The English keeper brings with him passion and a winning pedigree that is much sought after at St James Park.
In other Newcastle transfer news, two Championship clubs have joined in the race for this outcast Newcastle midfielder.
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